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Another All Mountain recommendation request

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Thread Starter 

Hi all, another newbie here looking for advice…

 
Me: Male, late 30’s, 5’10, 200lbs, Level 7 skier, ski mostly in Utah.  I only get about +/- 15 days in a year, so I ski whatever the conditions may be, but I’ll go for powder/chop over groomers when it’s available. Lets say  I’m a 50/50, frontside/backside skier.
 
I’m looking to replace the hand-me-down skis (Atomic Beta Ride R:EX) I’ve been using the last couple of seasons with a more current All Mountain model.  I’ve been to a couple of shops and I've spent a lot of time reading the reviews here & elsewhere, and I'm overwhelmed with the multitude of options.  So to help me narrow my focus, I’d greatly appreciate to hear any suggestions any of you might have as to what ski might be good for someone like me.
 
Thanks!

 

post #2 of 4

What length are your Atomics? and what would you want them to be better at?

 

To put it another way, what do you like about them and what do you not like?

 

SJ

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Thread Starter 

The Atomics are 184's, and that's their main drawback.  They're just a little too long for me.  I love their speed & grip on the groomers & steeps but they're unwieldy on bumps and tend to wander in powder.

post #4 of 4

Length and stiffness go hand in hand in giving you the speed capability and grip you like and the R:Ex has plenty of both. Unfortunately those are also the factors that you don't like in the bumps. As in all things, there will have to be some compromises here.

 

In general, there are not a ton of skis that are going to get close to the stability of your Atomics and do so in a shorter size. One to consider in the middle widths is the Dynastar Mythic Rider in 178. It's an excellent crud buster and gee essy groomer zoomer and is pretty grippy for it's width. In most of the wider skis than this, you'll need a longish (like 185's) length and I doubt you'll see much of an improvement in moguls with skis in this wider group. Naturally, they will be better in powder so there's the plus side of your compromise.

 

SJ


Edited by SierraJim - 2/28/2009 at 02:41 am
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